Welcome back to part 6 of my 9-part series reflecting on fears confronted, lessons learned, and progress made – and then taking all that new found wisdom to build a plan for success as we focus forward on the second half of 2013.
There’s a brief recap at the end of the post if you want to catch up on the first five parts.
For today, I want to share what was the original inspiration and title of this series: Focusing or Moving Forward. How many times do we regret past decisions, actions…or really, anything negative about our past, for that matter, and allow those regrets to make us miserable now?
It’s as if we’re walking forward, but looking over our shoulders – or perhaps we’re even walking forward, but totally facing backward! How can we focus forward, focus on our present and our future, if all our energies are instead focused on the past?
When we become discouraged, we could benefit from making some positive affirmations and speaking them out loud on a regular basis – and truly believe them and act on them, to help us change our mindset.
Once again, I want to draw from the wisdom of Joyce Meyer, using her suggestions – try saying these on a daily basis – or whenever you feel discouragement threatening to overwhelm you:
I am not going to live in bondage anymore.
I cannot do anything about what I have done in the past, but I can do something about my future.
I am going to enjoy my life and have what Jesus died for me to have.
I am going to let go of the past and go on pursuing God from this day forth!
–Joyce Meyer, “New Day New You” [Day July 5]
Who’s with me? We can’t continue looking backward and allowing regrets and discouragement to hold us captive, if we truly want to FOCUS and MOVE FORWARD, and take steps toward a brighter present – and future!
Here’s the recap on the first five parts:
*On Friday, 7/5, I reflected on fears that I have faced in 2012 and earlier this year, mentioned how we often fear both the known and the unknown, and reminded us that Jesus knew what it was like to face fear and provided us with an example to follow in how to handle fear.
*On Sunday, 7/7, I discussed how our fears and worries drain our energy and prevent us from enjoying our lives.
*On Monday, 7/8, I addressed how clinging to our past fears and failures often prevent us from moving forward.
*On Tuesday, 7/9, I mentioned Joyce Meyer’s concept of “stepping out to find out” if we’re heading in the right direction.